I am a founder, I just got funded and I am pregnant
More than a few times had I have founders tell me almost sheepishly that they were pregnant. My answer is always the same, congratulations that is fantastic.
Then comes the concerns. How should I tell my team? Should I prepare everyone for the time I am gone? How do I tell the board? What should the maternity leave policy be because we don’t have one. What what what what?
Women are having children later. They are having children in their prime working years. I have told countless women not to put their personal life on hold for their business life. They will regret it. Hundreds of years ago women were having babies while they ran the farms. They were back bailing hay and churning butter in no time. The content is just different. They figured it out and we can too.
My advice to all of these women on how to tell your company, your board or the team is just state the facts plain and simple. I am pregnant, this is when I am due and back to work. We live in a world where our business lives blur with our personal lives. A mother will come back to work if companies embrace them instead of punishing them. Help families figure out childcare…one of the biggest problems in returning to work. Let men stay home for an extended time too. We should support families.
Women can get pregnant and have children. That is the circle of life. Men can not. Being able to bring new people into the world should be a positive not a negative. Companies should figure out how everyone can feel good about that. If they can it will be a win win for everyone.